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State Women's foundation joins partnership

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Women's Foundation of Minnesota has joined a notable list of women's foundations from across the country and the Walmart Foundation to launch A Partnership for Women's Prosperity, a platform to share best practices and find replicable solutions to systemic problems facing economically vulnerable women and girls in communities nationwide.

The Walmart Foundation awarded $3.35 million in grants and worked closely with the members of the Partnership to establish goals and fund programs that best service women in their local communities. In Minnesota alone, the donation will help the Women's Foundation of Minnesota reach an additional 1,100 girls.

"The partnership and this grant will help us provide more girls in Minnesota with an opportunity receive the support and resources vital to their future economic success," said Lee Roper-Batker, president and CEO of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. "We know that finding solutions to the systemic problems facing economically vulnerable women and girls will take innovation and collaboration, both in Minnesota and on the national level."

The grant will be used by the Women's Foundation of Minnesota to support the girlsBEST program (girls Building Economic Success Together Fund), created in 2002 as the first permanently endowed fund for girls at any women's foundation in the world. The grant will help African immigrant girls in Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and New Hope, and girls of color in greater Southern Minnesota including Austin, Worthington, St. James, Faribault and Marshall.

"These dedicated partners are working on the ground community by community to help women expand their knowledge and build essential skills that will improve their lives," said Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation. "We know that outside of work, women spend their time, money and energy caring for their families and communities, so investing in women today will help build a greater future for our nation."

The Women's Foundation of Minnesota was founded in 1983 as the nation's first statewide community foundation dedicated solely to growing equality for women and girls. Since 1983, more than $14 million has been invested in more than 1,400 nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota working to break down local barriers to gender equality.